Two women who attacked police at a lockdown house party have been jailed. Officers found blaring noise and drunk partygoers when they arrived at flats in Eastbourne, East Sussex, in April.
When they tried to break up the gathering, things turned violent, with one woman telling an officer: "I have got corona, watch out."
The struggle - seen in court on shocking bodycam footage - spilled out into ahallway, where one of the officers doubled over in pain after being struck by a stone object.<
Millie Robinson and Bayleigh Meadows, who are both 21 and from Eastbourne, pleaded guilty to assaulting police at the party.
The judge criticised the pair for committing the offences while the rest of the country was obeying lockdown for the safety of everyone.
"This matter happened just two weeks into the lockdown period imposed by the Government to try and halt the spread of Covid-19, a deadly pandemic. Police officers on a daily basis have to face risks to protect the public, perhaps never more so than during a pandemic. They should not have to deal with behaviour like that which we saw ever."
Sentencing the pair, Judge Christine Laing QC also looked at their previous convictions. She noted a history of violence against police officers and that they had "declined much of the opportunities of help that you have been given".Millie Robinson, of Edgeland Terrace, pleaded guilty at a previous hearing to two charges of assaulting an emergency worker. She was jailed for six months.<
Bayleigh Meadows, of Lottbridge Drive, pleaded guilty at a previous hearing to one charge of assault occasioning actual bodily harm. She was jailed for 12 months.